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Torso of a fertility goddess (yakshi), from the Great Stupa at Sanchi

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From the Great Stupa at Sánchi, India [see note 1]. Mid-nineteenth century, probably removed from Sánchi and taken to England [see note 2]. By 1929, Edward Goldston, London. 1929, Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1929, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 1, 1929) NOTES: [1] According to Alexander Cunningham, this comes from the Western Gate. See his Bhilsa Topes; or, Buddhist Monuments of Central India (London, 1854), pl. XIV. [2] See A[nanda] K[entish] C[oomaraswamy], in the MFA Bulletin 28 (February, 1930), p. 18.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Indian, Sunga period, 25 B.C.–A.D. 25

Object Place

Madhya Pradesh, Central India


Overall: 72.1 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm (28 3/8 x 14 x 9 in.) Weight: 58.97 kg (130 lb.) Mount (Steel armature support scecured into the pedestal): 3.8 x 2.5 cm (1 1/2 x 1 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal): 121.9 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm (48 x 18 x 18 in.)

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